Does Pain In My Smile Mean I Need A Root Canal?

Do you often experience serious pain in your smile, pain that doesn’t subside and only seems to grow more frequent and severe? If so, then you may have a dental infection. Don’t delay treatment, see your Greenville, TX, dentist right away. With a comfortable and safe root canal procedure, we can stop the infection and restore the health of your smile!

The Warning Signs

How do you know if you have an infected tooth? Well, you may begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. Toothaches and pain when eating could develop as well. You may notice swelling near the aching tooth, or even a discharge from the tooth itself. Fever could also occur. If you experience one or more of these warning signs, then contact our team today. We will perform a dental exam to identify the presence of an infection and then decide on the best course of treatment.

The Benefits of the Root Canal

Often, a root canal offers a single-visit solution to an infected tooth. After we administer a local anesthetic and for some, sedation, we will open the tooth and remove the infected tissue from within. Next, we clean the inside of the tooth and place a restorative filling material, which is known as gutta percha. Once we cure this material, we cap the tooth with a custom-made dental crown. Created from lifelike materials, your crown not only protects the tooth from further decay or infection, but also offers a lifelike appearance and has the ability to blend with your smile.

Preventing Your Teeth From Becoming Infected

An infection occurs when injury, such as cracks or chips, or cavities, enables bacteria to reach the inner pulp, a group of living tissues that keeps your tooth alive and functional. To avoid an infection, you need to maintain good oral hygiene. To start, be sure you’re brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing every night before bed. Cut back on sugary foods and drinks, and make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning, so we can monitor your smile’s health. If you have any questions about preventing a tooth from becoming infected, or if you have pain in your tooth and feel you may benefit from a root canal, then contact our team today.

We can Treat Your Infected Tooth

For people with painful infections, we can offer a solution in just one visit. For more information on our restorative treatment options, including root canal therapy, then schedule a consultation by calling Smith Family Dentistry in Greenville, TX, today at 903-455-5750. We proudly serve patients from Hunt County, Greenville, and all surrounding communities.